Here are two remarkable people who record sounds out there in the real world. I always feel that my dull images and videos could be spiced up with sound and that I should be recording more sound. These two people are my inspiration! Also interesting to see how much you can earn when you run a YouTube Channel.
Findlater Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Built in the 1400s, abandoned in the 1600s. One owner, Sir John Gordon, fell out with Mary Queen of Scots and she had his head chopped off (I bet that hurt). Later, Queen Elizabeth 1 of England did to Mary Queen of Scots what Mary did to Sir John Gordon. It surely didn’t pay to upset people way back then! Off with their heads! Ouch!
Findlater Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – built around the 1400s
An old favourite revived…
My wife asked me to order two new broom handles online and, being the obliging, highly obedient, house-trained and dutiful husband I am, I did as I was told (is there any other alternative?). The image shows what arrived in the post this morning. I think, perhaps, I got my measurements wrong. If anyone can think of a use for two very short bits of stick, please let me know.
Spring has brought an explosion of colour along the Scottish coast
Here’s Arushi Jain playing her music. You can read more about Arushi by clicking here. Peaceful music.
The great song that goes with this video by The IronWeed Project
Another one for the grandchildren…
Note: the iPhone digital zoom not so hot!
Please click here to listen to our interview with Sir Richard Dearlove.
Okay. I lied about the last blog post of the year (previous post).
But, if Boris ‘pilllock‘ Johnson can lie to the world repeatedly, then so can I!!!
If you look at John’s blog post (please click here), you’ll see he’s getting QRM on 540 Khz. QRM is radio-speak for interference or, maybe, jamming.
John is in Las Vegas and I’m in Scotland and so, I tuned to 540 Khz on my radio to see what I would receive here on the fashionable side of the North Atlantic. And what I get on 540 Khz is a station broadcasting in a language I do not recognise. Please take a listen to the video below. If anyone knows the cause of John’s interference (I wonder about his ceiling fan!), or the language recorded in my video below, please do let us know.
Happy New Year again. This might really be my past blog post of 2020. Let’s hope for a wonderful 2021.
STOP PRESS. I just found this.
My grandson completes his first solo.
Please listen in to our most recent Banff Spy podcast featuring Iona Reid who is a young, up and coming actress based in Turriff in North East Scotland.
You can listen to Iona talking about acting and acting training by clicking on this link.
Please check out our Banff Spy website by clicking here.
And he’s a photograph of Iona who is also the Banff Spy Podcast Producer:
The Morse Code had everything to do with the sinking of the Titanic and it was also used by Secret Agents everywhere..
Please take a listen to our latest Banff Spy podcast about the Morse Code by following this link:
All done using Photoshop’s new neural filter…
You might think that Morse code had died out long ago. Here’s a recording of what is known as a ‘pile up.’ About 11 seconds into the recording, you’ll hear Radio Amateur enthusiasts around the world trying to make contact with one person who has a rare callsign. Radio Amateurs record the contacts (AKA QSOs) with other Radio Amateurs around the world and collect contacts like other people collect rare stamps. The Morse code is alive and well!
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Part 2 of the first of our podcasts.
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I bet you weren’t expecting this!! Now you get to listen to me and my wonderful colleagues!
It’s all very quiet at Macduff Harbour today…
Katy learns that time and tide waits for no man (or dog).
The Conservative Party – a bunch of lying crooks…
I’m not sure why the phrase ‘Gird Your Loins’ sprang to mind when I created the image below (lockdown lunacy). Perhaps the rope had something to do with it. The image overall looks, I think, like some kind of strange space alien warrior. I can’t help thinking, also, that this is a female space alien. The image was created using a Photoshop plugin from Flaming Pear.
And, I searched on ‘gird your loins’ and found the second image in this post which brought me to a some wonderful art and illustrations by Ted Slampyak Kinyak his site is really worth looking at. You’ll find some wonderful illustrations on Ted’s site (click here to visit).
And so now, you can go out and gird up your loins……
I’ve been talking to John in Nevada about the need for exercise. We are lucky, we live in a sparsely populated area and so we can take our dog for long morning walks without meeting many (or any) people. The problem is, the 5 Km walk doesn’t offset the intake of chocolate hobnobs (an essential food item surely?). Here’s our route map.
PS: map tipped over sideways so it will fit on the page better.
Here’s some most wonderful advice from a most helpful young lady.
I promised to send John in Nevada an image of the boats in MacDuff Harbour at low water. We’ll, we’re just past low water and the tide is well and truly out and below you can see PD182 sitting on the harbour bottom waiting for the tide to come in. The bottom of the harbour is a mixture of mud, sand and silt and so the boats cannot come to any harm. They just sit there in sludge for a few hours every day. When the tide is out and the boats are sitting on the harbour bottom, you can see that these fishing vessels have a deep draft. They’re built for the very worst conditions you will find out in the North Sea and the North Atlantic.
Now, I know I’ve photographed some very strange chickens in my time but this really has to be the strangest…
PS…for the public good, some software programmes should be left well alone (i.e. Symmetry).
I’m not talking about Boris Johnson here. Here’s somebody with so much more and better to offer. For educators and trainers (I is one). Character Animator is such a gift.
Good to hear the next Wes Anderson film is due out this year. We have to wait until August though (in the UK at least). Wes Anderson – perhaps one of the greatest film makers ever…
It’s a very windy day today here in Banff. Not a good day to be at sea! Storm Ciara certainly huffing and puffing…
Only the Brits could make a jet aircraft using wood (see image below). In these days of carbon fibre, I feel wood is much underrated as a building material. Bring back wood (and a few more trees). Don’t you just love the touch, smell and feel of wood?
Those of us (and we are a vanishing breed) who can send and receive Morse code will be able to pick out ‘The Quick Brown Dog’ sent in Morse code from this interesting video. I think it should be ‘The Quick Brown Fox’ but who cares. There was a time when I earned my living sending and receiving Morse code messages. Hard to believe these days but it does prove that I am a VERY OLD MAN!!!
I have a feeling this is where people working in MacDuff Harbour took their horses for a drink of water years ago before motor vehicles came along. On the other hand, it might be the strangest (and most public) toilet I have ever seen!
Some Christmas music for everyone!